By Elizabeth H. Oakes
As the box of technology, know-how & Society (STS) is inter-disciplinary, this A-to-Z assortment offers scientists from backgrounds as different as early aviation know-how and sleek computing device technological know-how. There are compelling biographies of biophysicists, chemists, physicians, electric engineers, psychologists, pathologists, mathematicians, and extra. the typical point shared through those famous contributors is the way their social environment formed and contributed to their medical paintings.
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His mother worked as a maid, and his father was a shoe repairman. He taught himself photography, then attended “Bakelite,” an early plastic, was discovered by Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a prominent chemist and businessman in the early 20th century. (Smith Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania) night classes at the Municipal Technical School of Ghent to learn the chemistry of film developing. Unable to afford the chemicals necessary for the process, he recycled his own by melting down a silver watch given to him as a gift and figuring out how to extract and purify silver nitrate from it for use in exposing his pictures.
Macleod, an expert in carbohydrate metabolism. At their early-November meeting, Macleod reacted skeptically at first, assuming that Banting would follow in the footsteps of numerous other scientists who had researched the role of the pancreas in diabetes fruitlessly, until Banting revealed his intention of preparing a pancreatic extract, an approach Macleod met with enthusiasm. Macleod promised Banting 10 dogs, an assistant versed in blood and urine analysis techniques, and eight weeks in his laboratory, starting in mid-May 1921.
Back in Britain in 1920, he ran into Captain O. G. Hutchinson, who agreed to finance Baird’s attempt to build a television, the term meaning “to see from a distance,” coined by Constantin Perskyi at the 1900 International Electricity Congress in Paris. After establishing a soapmaking company in London in 1921 and then selling it in 1922, he moved to Hastings, a sea- coast town 60 miles south of London, to conduct research. Baird constructed his prototypical television from an old tea chest, discarded hat and biscuit boxes, darning needles, and sealing wax.
A to Z of Sts Scientists by Elizabeth H. Oakes